It’s that time of year between food plot plantings, spring hunting/ fishing and early fall hunting/fishing so whatever does the outdoorsman do in 105 degree heat with 3 months separating him from his favorite time of year? Let me help you. It’s time to cook the last of the venison you should have been eating all winter and spring from last season. It’s also a time to get gear ready and see what needs replaced from last year.
First and foremost I prepare for deer season by focusing on scent control, upon doing several seminars each year on the subject many folks have asked how does that Tek 4 stuff by Hunters Specialties work. It utilizes Silver and its ability to fight stinky enzymes (ok, that is my terminology). The Tek 4 line of clothing came out two years ago but is nonexistent in store fronts and web retailers. I went straight to the source to see why and this is what Shawn Davis of HS had to say “Unfortunately, Hunter’s Specialties has discontinued the manufacture of Tek4 clothing and accessories based solely on the price of silver climbing and the challenge of staying competitive. Tek4 garments remain the best out there and a quick Google search may point you to some great “close-out” sales.” While you may not easily find the Tek 4 clothing Under Armour and Bass Pro shops now have their own line of scent control clothing
H.S. now extinct attempt at scent control clothing
Under Armour’s latest offering in scent control clothing
Along the lines of cost savings and being prepared, I always struggle to keep bow rope handy that is tough yet economical. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but when you hand dozens of stands it starts to add up. I have noticed some of the cool looking 5/16” camo rope from the big box stores is not very reliable, I can stand on one end and pull on it and actually ruin the rope, making it unsafe; not acceptable with $800 of gun or bow hanging from the end of it. One old trick is to just get real heavy hardware type rope even quarter inch can support 70+ pounds, the problem is it usually comes in white and sticks out like a sore thumb. A simple fix is to take some carpet/fabric stain or even some old deck or wood stain, and soak the rope just briefly enough to impart a dull subdued color allowing it to be concealed while hanging down from your stand. A simple quick clip D ring on the bottom allows for fast quiet hook up of gear so you can limb unobstructed.
Lastly let’s take a look at cleaning out that freezer, don’t worry it’s a labor of love and it won’t be all that hard, most of it can be done from the air conditioned confines of your man cave. I pulled out my last pack of back strap from a tasty doe taken last October and cut some 1 ½ inch medallions, inserted a knife making a small hole and then a pocket; much like a jelly filled donut. I then stuffed them with a blue cheese cream filling and wrapped them in bacon. Finally they got a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a sprinkle of Canadian steak seasoning, the peppers got the same marinade both sitting in the fridge for about an hour; then on to a hot grill, served over some mashed potatoes. Tasty to say the least.
While we are in the midst of a heat wave and drought, it doesn’t have to dry up all your efforts for fall, get your gear ready now, and enjoy eating some of last fall’s bounty so you’ll have freezer space for this coming season.
Matt Cheever ~ Flatlander